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VA – Skrang – Sounds Like Bobby Sutliff (2013)

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skrangAs one-half of alt-pop stalwarts the Windbreakers and during his artistically and critically successful solo career, singer/guitarist Bobby Sutliff has been responsible for some outstanding tunes over the course of his 25+ year career. “Skrang” (the title is a Sutliff word-coinage for “the sound of an open chord on an electric guitar”) was actually borne out of a potentially tragic situation. Bobby was involved in a very serious auto wreck near his Ohio home in June 2012, and the prognosis for his recovery was uncertain. His partner in the Windbreakers, Tim Lee, decided to organize the tribute to “…raise a few bucks to help Bobby get back on his feet, lift his spirits during a long recovery, and just be a cool thing to hear.” “Fortunately, Bobby’s condition has markedly improved, so the collection can now happily be seen as a fitting tribute to a man whose lovely jangle-pop tunes are some of the finest the genre has seen. It has plenty of high points, including the Anderson Council’s rocked up version of ‘Griffin Bay,’ Tim Lee 3’s forceful, garage rockin’ ‘I Thought You Knew,’ Tom Stevens’ (ex-Long Ryders dude) faithful take of ‘Bitter Fruit,’ Bill Lloyd’s ‘Same Way Tomorrow’ and Michael Carpenter’s kinetic, supercharged ‘Long Red Bottle of Wine,’ which just may be the best thing here. Other friends and musical comrades of Sutliff’s such as Velvet Crush (with Matthew Sweet), Matt Piucci (Rain Parade), Russ Tolman, Don Dixon (who reimagines the Windbreakers’ ‘New Red Shoes’ as a laid back, soulful sort of shuffle) and Peter Holsapple are also on board, each taking great care to provide Bobby Sutliff’s fine songs with the sympathetic treatment they deserve.” – John Borack/Goldmine Magazine “The thing about tribute CDs in general is that – due in part to their often zero-budget nature – the performances can have a phoned-in or demo-ey feel. Sometimes the artists involved are doing a bit of bandwagon jumping, with a goal more aligned with gaining exposure than actually paying tribute to an artist. ‘Skrang’ is the exception that proves the rule, however. It has more in common with a ‘Yellow Pills’ compilation (in terms of the performance quality) or the peerless ‘Children of Nuggets’ box set in terms of song quality and overall ear-candiness. The artists involved are all present for the right reasons, and have contributed top-notch reading of Sutliff’s songs. If you didn’t know better (and I wouldn’t have) you’d never suspect that these songs were all the compositional work of one man.”

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Slaid Cleaves – Still Fighting The War (2013)

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SL“Still Fighting The War”, produced by Scrappy Jud Newcomb, with Lloyd Maines and Mark Hallman to ‘work’ on three of the thirteen songs, is an album of extraordinary effectiveness and great melodies, proposed with the look of the most talented among the storytellers Texan who flock to the scene and beyond. The collaboration, also instrumental, producers, fiddles Elana James and Richard Bowden, the cameo of beautiful voices like those of Terri Hendrix, Eliza Gylkison, Jimmy LaFave and Kelley McCarthy are the strong points of a job ispiratissimo, all played on the emotions and also strong on issues like the much heard in the United States war veterans and their heavy burden of experiences.

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The Grisly Hand – Country Singles (2013)

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GRThe Grisly Hand presents its first full-length CD, Country Singles, a conglomeration of blue grass, country, folk, Americana, and maybe even a splash of two-stepping. That lovable, toe-tapping, blast-through-your-car-speakers-on-a-warm-day Grisly grit is back with even more twang, soul, and steel guitar than before.

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Walter Trout – Luther’s Blues: A Tribute To Luther Allison (2013)

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Walter’s latest release ‘Luther s Blues A Tribute To Luther Allison’ is a powerful blues album that pays homage to an iconic figure in the blues world, Luther Allison. The album is 12 solid tracks of inspired blues-rock, fueled by Walter’s classic guitar sound and his band’s powerful support. mp3 320 kbps | 157 MB […]

Greensky Bluegrass – Five Interstates (2008)

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Tracks: 01. Old Barns 02. Into the Rafters 03. The Reverend 04. 200 Miles from Montana 05. Indian Trails 06. Just to Lie 07. Ryder’s Song 08. Train Junkie 09. Can’t Make Time 10. Freeborn Man 11. Nine Days 12. Midnight Mass for Albert 13. Dry County 14. Against the Days 15. What’s Left of […]

Oh Susanna – Short Stories (2007)

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That voice really is a marvel, a haunting, expressive instrument that can proudly stand alongside those of Emmylou Harris and Gillian Welch in the roots elite. Sparse and subtle accompaniment comes from her A-list players, including Luke Doucet, David Baxter, Blue Rodeo’s Bazil Donovan and Bob Packwood, Justin Rutledge (who harmonises beautifully on “Pretty Penny”) […]

Leeroy Stagger – Truth Be Sold (2013)

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The album was produced by Los Lobos member Steve Berlin at Mystery Machine Studios in Portland, OR. It includes brand new material, along with re-recorded songs from Stagger’s archives that were selected by Berlin. The results play out as a “journey through Stagger’s punk rock past and roots rock present” that includes fuzzy guitars and […]

Joe Diffie / Sammy Kershaw / Aaron Tippin – All in the Same Boat (2013)

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Sammy Kershaw, Joe Diffie, and Aaron Tippin joined forces in 2013 for a tour called All in the Same Boat, deciding to release an album under the same name that same year. All in the Same Boat has some new songs, including the title track, and it has a wealth of new versions of familiar […]

Big BIll Morganfield – Blues With A Mood (2013)

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From swampy melodies to upbeat shuffles, from juke-joint grooves to harmonious ballads, Big Bill Morganfield’s moody collection of 11 tunes, 7 of which were written by Morganfield himself, showcase his incredible vocal stamina, and extraordinary guitar style. Also featured are the guitar virtuosos’ Eddie Taylor Jr., Bob Margolin and Colin Linden. mp3 320 kbps | […]